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  1. From the halfpennies post some close-ups of the 1861, 1956 and 1957 coins. From the pennies post some close-ups of the 1860, 1875 and 1883 coins.
  2. Can you post all of the penny and halfpenny years? They all look pretty worn so probably don't have much value but if any are of the rarer types they might be worth something.
  3. I am aware of the variety (probably from the same Australian coin forum you saw this) - I don't think the old obverse was used beyond 1898 but I don't know.
  4. Are you going to publish somewhere?
  5. At the end of the day I want a nice coin and I'm not fussed on whether it's wear or circulation.
  6. Yes. Very annoying when the only thing you have to go on is denticle alignment.
  7. To me it should - early British George V pennies or later Australian Perth Mint bronze can really have poor strike and even though they might be technically uncirculated, if they don't look the part then they're not really uncirculated.
  8. That's the book that Sleepy mentioned - black and white photos unfortunately so while they're not too small they're still kind of hard to figure.
  9. Lucky! I think there was a news story about a boy getting a sovereign in change as a pound a year or two ago as well.
  10. Oh yes the bridge of the nose does look thinner on the 1928, though obverse 1 having the thinner nose bridge is at odds with the Museum Victoria examples being obverse 1 and Paddy's example being an obverse 2. Isn't that what the books suggest happened though? It seems like the only difference is the portrait as odd at that seems.
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    I'll say it's ancient Greek based on the imagery - do you have some bigger photos?
  12. Groom's book says the differences are flatness of the forehead, definition of eyebrow (which I think is most obvious in the various pictures), thickness of rim and relief of effigy.
  13. Thanks NIck - whereabouts is the difference in the nose? It looks like the eyebrows are subtely different - the one on the left seems to have a bit of a depression in the middle while on the one on the right it seems to taper uniformly down to the eye. Based on that Paddy's and the second Museum Victoria might be obverse 2?
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  15. Well I still can't figure it - Paddy's example seems to have a flatter forehead than the two Museum Victoria examples. One of the Museum Victoria examples seems to have a less defined eyebrow, as does Paddy's. Paddy's has a uniformly thick rim but the two Museum Victoria examples have rims that are much thinner on one side. The arrow in David Groom's book isn't clear either - it looks like it's pointing at a nick in the eyebrow. I'm tempted to say they're the same design and that difference is due to strike pressure or using an old proof die or something, but without a definitive image of obverse 2 it's up in the air.